Woman fined for breaking coronavirus rules by taking turtle for a walk in Rome

Taking your turtle out for a walk is apparently not a good enough reason to leave your home in Italy.
Taking your turtle out for a walk is apparently not a good enough reason to leave your home in Italy.PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: EPA-EFE

ROME (AFP) - An Italian woman who took her pizza-sized turtle out for a walk has been fined €400 (S$620) by the Roman police for breaking strict coronavirus confinement rules.

Italians need a justifiable reason to be out on the street in the middle of a pandemic that has officially claimed more than 20,000 lives in the Mediterranean country since February.

Taking your dog out for a walk is viewed as a good enough reason to leave your home.

But it seems taking your turtle out, for one thing, is not.

The Roman police said "the 60-year-old woman was caught outside her home without a justifiable reason" and fined.

"The woman was walking with a turtle," the police statement said.

Roman police spokesman Nunzio Carbone told AFP that the woman was fined €400 because it was "not a justifiable excuse".

Italian authorities reported issuing a record 16,545 fines on Easter Monday, a national holiday in the largely Catholic country.

Another 13,756 fines were issue on Sunday.

 
 
 
 

Italians have been joking on social media about renting out their dogs to anyone who was going stir crazy and needed a good excuse to go out.

Mr Carbone said the turtle was "as big as a pizza" but not wearing a leash.